Poo Poo Happens

... but Kevin O'Leary is still loving his BlackBerry Z10

By Adam Zeis on 18 Apr 2013 04:25 pm EDT
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Kevin O'Leary recently swapped out his iPhone for a BlackBerry Z10 and has praised his new device on many occasions. He's noted that the "hardware is amazing" and while he is platform-agnostic, also said that the Z10 is the "best technology on the market today".

While speaking with MSN Money in Canada recently, O'Leary also told it like it is. He explains that the "killer apps" for any smartphone are email, calendar and contacts - which makes up about 80% of how people use their phone. All of their top-app data is now in the cloud, so no longer is everyone out to get on a platform with the most apps or the best apps. 

With these apps being the most important to the majority of users, you can't go wrong with a BlackBerry. BlackBerry does email, calendar and contacts better than anyone.

Perhaps he says it best when he states "It doesn't matter what phone you buy anymore ... it's whatever's hot du jour I'm going to buy". 

If you look back at Kevin's Smartphone Hierarchy of Needs, it's all about what works for you and what you need. You always want to choose the best device for your personal needs. The takeaway here though is that people use their phones mostly for communication and that's where BlackBerry takes the cake - no question. 

Ideally I'd personally love to see the entire Mobile Nations crew revisit the old Smartphone Round Robin of years gone. Only way bigger and way better.

Check out the full MSN Money video here

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Poo Poo Happens

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it played fine on my Z10. I was on wifi at the time so I don't know if that would make a difference. Don't know why it wouldn't play for you. only pain was it was a small window due to no full screen option on the video.

Email, calendar and contacts... Like the curve from 3 years ago? If this is the current standard for BB10, they might be in trouble... (although I know it's not, so this guy seems to be very out of touch with the industry, and what makes the Z10 great).

I think he is speaking for the segment of the population that needs their mobile device as a crucial component of their revenue generating activities. So that excludes a lot of people who have other needs, not necessarily more or less important, just different.

Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF

bb10 is the most stable OS out there, which kernel also powers your cars, spacestationa and nuclear stations.

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I wouldn't say "email, calendar and contacts" but more messaging, calendar and contacts.
Messaging would include IM, text, email.

Mobile nations tour? What happened to it? It was supposed to be the biggest round robin ever...

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Hate not being able to watch videos on the z10. Likely aby mobile device wouldn't play this link. Still sucks.

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The Z10 is generally ace, but given Blackberry's roots in email and best in class communication, it is extremely shameful to launch a new Blackberry with a 30 day limit on emails.

Your emails only stay on your device for 30 days, unless you archive them. So you can only see 30 days worth of emails on your device at a time.

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Thanks for the reply. Wow! Didn't know that. (I haven't picked up a BB 10 device yet.) That's kinda hard to believe. As important as that will be to the BlackBerry audience, I'm surprised I haven't seen that mentioned before now.

I don't know him but agree fully... for messaging, calender and contacts... no phone beats BlackBerry... i have tried IOS and android and preferred my 9900... now the Z10 is in my hands, there is no comparison... BB10 is compelling, fun and so efficient. a multi tasking powerhouse!!!

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Why do half these video u ull post I can't watch what gives most if all say I need the latest flash player, um am i missing something here

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I had the problem to view the video at first, but discovered the trick around it. Open the link in browser. The video works on BB10 browser, just not from within the CB10 app. Hope it helps.

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Ok cool thanks for the tip stupid question so I have to open the cb site on The Web right can't use the app eh. Why does this happen, like I swear almost all videos that are posted for us to view I can't open them.

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no, just use the CB App, but press and hold on the link to the video, then it gives you the option to open in browser or share etc. (the menu opens from the right)

change your setting within the CB app to open links in the browser and it should fix your issues.

Thanks for the help great video, still not sure we're in settings I should look to allow links et cheers

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If you're having trouble watching videos on the Z10, open the browser settings and look for the "Enable Flash" switch. It's there and coupled with the browser's desktop mode there hasn't been a single issue with any Web page I've seen yet on my Z10. This thing really is amazing!

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if ur having trouble watching youtube videos on your z10, maybe you should buy Android because they own youtube. Lolz.

To watch with z10 hold down on the link then open in browser. You can watch it there. People need to try a little harder before complaining

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Man.. im long blackberry in my portfolio and every time I hear O'Leary say something good I get happy.. but the stock is rarely effected.. dropped 41 cents on nasal at closing and 49 cents at tsx. That's 2.95 and 3.43% respectfully.. im getting screwed here.. but I'm still loving my z10.. and I hope the q10 strikes a blow to the stock markets.. ggoooo bbry.. Keep Moving.

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Hmm basically what I have been saying and someone quoted me and put it as his signature lmao

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He makes sense regarding what we use our phone for but who's doing most of the buying? People that acknowledge this truth or those who jump at the bells and whistles? I for one use the time shift function just to show off my phones functions but the straight camera takes better pics. So though this logic makes sense that it is truly what we use them for and probably why I stuck with bberry. But what does it tell you when people will put up with dropped calls on a phone because of an antenna that if you touch it the call drops or even know that the phone you have has a bunch of free apps because they can sell your info to the highest bidders. All this just for status with Apple or for all the gimmicks on Android.

Once again he has a point but I don't think his point helps sell phones.

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What is Adam Zeis smoking?
If email, contacts and calendar are what you need your phone for surely the Z10 fails?
Major issues with email hosted, horrible sync problems, 30 day limitations on emails?
Contact duplication and losses?
Calendar crashing?

BlackBerry takes the cake for communication?
Where's Viber? Skype? Cross platform video chat?

I like my Z10, but this 'article' is just ridiculous. If it was on any other site it would be rightly thrashed and ripped to shreds.

Okay chief I understand you may be experiencing some problems with your phone but unlike you, I and many like me, are not. You having problems does not make this phone and or OS bad. I've had none of the issues you have had. The 30 days on email? I can see that being a stinker but there are other means of viewing an email than your phone. I don't see, personally, the need for more than 30 days of email on a mobile device. I also have a computer that I can and do use. People need to learn there is going to be some give and take. Weather it is the email limits or the(befuddling to me) realization that LTE is probably going to be somewhat of a heinous battery hog and all the way to having to wait for Bridge functions on the Z10 akin to legacy BB's. Lighten up dude.

Lol I am not saying the phone is awful, it's still my daily driver, but I'm not silly enough to claim this is the be all and end all for mobile communication because that is clearly, absolutely, 100% not true.
This isn't the best phone for email or communication. That's not arguable.
Legacy is the best for email.
Other OSes are the best for overall communication including video chat.

A hookah.

I <3 my Z10. Sorry you're having issues but I'm sure plenty of people here would be happy to help. 

Hold down the link and select open in browser, make sure Flash is turned on and you can play it from your phone.

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The choice of words for your subject brings down BlackBerry Nation's IQ. I'd expect that from me but not from you.

I agree with you bobauckland......I tried outlook.com, couldn't sync contacts. Tried Google apps, can't sync calendars. I love my Z10 don't get me wrong but for the love of God can I get just one account to sync my email, contacts and calendars.

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"He explains that the "killer apps" for any smartphone are email, calendar and contacts"

I 100% DISAGREE with this. For certain users this might be true, but I don't see how email, calendar and contacts is the most important part anymore. Smartphones are more about entertainment and fun then productivity for the majority of people. A smartphone is now a media and entertainment hub for anyone using one on their own time. Email, calendars and contacts are still important, but if they were paramount to entertainment then BlackBerry wouldn't be in the situation it's been in for the last while.

Sure. But by the same hand, if Entertainment was paramount, then Apple wouldn't be in the situation it's in either?

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I don't think some people realize how they use their phones. People text, email, Facebook, Skype, twitter, instagram, and call more than they game. Companies use games and other non essentials that are generally no more than passing fads to lure you in. That's why thousands of games and cheesy apps are made every year while social apps tend to stand the test of time. I'm not saying all social apps are good and/or are used for what they are designed for or to their full potential but the need for people to communicate is paramount. I find BB to fill my need for this the best. Android is too fragmented for my liking. And I've never understood the love of idevices. If simplicity means I'm going to miss out on the control I get from my BB then I can't do that. Nor do I appreciate Apple developing a system where I need to buy $50 adapters for everything.

It's frustrating that I can't view the video via my Z10.

Sorry Adobe® Flash® Player is not available from Adobe.com for your device's operating system or browser.

View the system requirements for supported operating systems and browsers.

Can you view it from yours?
I find the link to the video a waste of space.

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@willfindways first you open your browser, then tap the three dot icon at down right, then choose settings, display and actions, and tap adobe flash to on :)

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@ willfindways, you go to browser then choose the three dot icon at down right, choose settings, display and actions, and tap the adobe flash to on :)

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I want the Blackberry Internet Service email back. In my situation it seems to have been more reliable than adding existing email accounts like yahoo, etc.. I used it on my 9810, and the other BBs I've had. My emails arrive in bunches like it syncs every so often. Other than that "10" is great.

...running into Flash issues more and more lately. Can play on some but not all sites I go to.

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That's why I got a Z10, because Kevin O'Leary got one. You get it wrong, learning from the master!
What works for you and what you need. That is well said and excellent common sense. Everything else is fluff.

what he states is true its wat u look for in a phone. For me I just want a phone not a gaming toy. Or I'd get a psvita or something. And although gaming apps arnt Bb's greatest. I do know apps that improve email and other social media outlets r amazing. I want my phone ti be a phone. :D

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And friend of mine just got an iphone, as did my brother - by the time people like them get on board...the shark has been jumped...

#BB10Believe

+1

It seems he's taking how he uses his phone and is assuming that must be how everyone uses their phone.

There's been a huge decline in the use of email in recent years, as more people use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to talk to each other, or messaging/video calling apps like whatsapp or Skype to talk. Blackberry is ace, i love it, but it's just plain daft to claim it's the best at the things people actually do use most. The Facebook and Twitter apps are terrible, there are annoying problems with emails and calenders, and several of the most popular messaging and social media apps aren't available. Of course there are work arounds like using your laptop etc to view emails and your calender, but you shouldn't need to.

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It seems he's taking how he uses his phone and is assuming that must be how everyone uses their phone.

There's been a huge decline in the use of email in recent years, as more people use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to talk to each other, or messaging/video calling apps like whatsapp or Skype to talk. Blackberry is ace, i love it, but it's just plain daft to claim it's the best at the things people actually do use most. The Facebook and Twitter apps are terrible, there are annoying problems with emails and calenders, and several of the most popular messaging and social media apps aren't available. Of course there are work arounds like using your laptop etc to view emails and your calender, but you shouldn't need to.

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Very true, to that Blackberry does communications better than any other platform out there now. And I've had all of them but in the end, it's Blackberry for me.

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I have to say, I've had the Z10 for three weeks now, and for me it is NOT the best messaging platform. I actually think Windows has Blackberry beat in several areas of usability and efficiency. If I ever get around to it, I'll try to make a forum post where I can explain this in more detail, but the three biggies for me are autocorrect, email rendering (ie text size and layout for html emails, especially those with embedded images), and shortcuts to email inboxes.
It does sound like 10.1 might address some of my complaints, and I'm hopeful that it will. I really think both the UI and the hardware of the Z10 is gorgeous compared to my Windows Phone. Now if only T-mobiles network wasn't garbage...

I agree with Adam and think Kevin O'Leary hit it dead on. I recently switched from an iPhone 4S to a BlackBerry Z10 and I couldn't be happier but one of the driving forces was the realization that I only use a core set of apps day in and day out. When looking at what BB10 does compared to iOS there was simply no question as to which one filled my needs better. Package that into the svelte Z10 and my personal choice was easy.

Have to dully agree with Kevin on this. He knows what business people do on their phones. Nothing allows faster and more security like the new one of BB's out there. Also, Kevin is like the Don Cherry of the finance world. You might not like how he says it, but he is usually correct.

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